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The “Taco Bell” Script: 1980-1984

UT San Diego

UT San Diego

As they moved into the 1980’s, the Padres decided to overhaul their look. Orange was added as a new accent color and the front script was changed to their new “Taco Bell” font (though the team was owned by McDonald’s magnet Ray Kroc). You can see some similarities in the two logos.

With the new script logo came a new look on the front. On the home whites, “Padres” was in a arched script in orange with the yellow and brown outline. The back of the jersey had the name in brown but the number in the same scheme as the front script.

The away jerseys kept the brown look. “Padres” was in an yellow with orange trim script. On the back the player name was in yellow while the number was yellow with an orange outline.

Both the home and the away jerseys were v-neck until 1984 when both uniforms were button downs.

The hat took on the orange accent around the “SD” logo and the yellow panel.

One Response

  1. Stats1203

    The Navy blue uniforms were good for a while, but they’ve gotten way too bland. It’s time to make brown, orange and gold the standard again. The Padres unis should be unique and eye catching. They are the spicy alternative to the Dodgers. If they’re going to build a new brand around Eric Hosmer, they should make a new (old) color scheme part of it.


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